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I have this recurring dream. In it I watch as a moving van is traveling north just about to cross the county line. Behind it is a car with a sign with the message “Alaska or bust” duct-taped above the back bumper. I recognize the car and driver as a well-known, elected county official.

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The so-called founding fathers of our country, with their limited capabilities and the inability to foresee the future, molded this land into what once was the goal that freedom-loving nations hoped to attain.

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I had the pleasure of serving on the Shiawassee County Fair board for a number of years when Duane Black was president and always was impressed by what was accomplished in a short period of time.

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I would like to do a huge shout-out to Memorial Healthcare in Owosso. I would like to commend the staff that works there, especially the surgical staff and the third floor nurses and helpers.

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These comments are aimed at those Republican representatives in Congress and the Senate who failed to show up for the memorial recently held at the Capitol.

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Tennis is a wonderful spectator and participant sport. I regret, too late now, that I became interested in playing tennis at a very modest level, of course, well into my 50s.

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I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Owosso City Council members who voted against the rezoning of a property on Chipman Street that would have supported a proposed marijuana grow facility. Sue Osika, Jerry Haber and Nick Pidek deserve to be celebrated and congratulated re…

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I want to take a few minutes to thank State Rep. Ben Frederick for being such a kind, thoughtful man. He has been a friend of my husband, Lynn, and I for many years.

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We as a community came together to voice our opinions and concerns over former county board Chairman Jeremy Root’s, Commissioner Cindy Garber’s and Commissioner John Plowman’s neglect of duty and willful neglect of their oath of office.

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I’d like to make Owosso residents aware of a public hearing regarding the potential rezoning of 108 N. Chipman St. from B-3 (central business district) I-1 (light industrial) for the purpose of an indoor marijuana grow facility.

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The kindness and caring of many of our county residents, businesses, community groups, churches and individuals who came forward this year to adopt 228 low-income children from across the county was amazing.

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Thank God for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. He is the only senator with the brains and the guts to do the right thing and vote no on President Joe Biden’s ridiculous spending bill.

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A notice of intent to issue bonds in the amount of $50 million was published in The Argus-Press Wednesday by the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners. County residents must petition for a referendum to place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide whether we want to approve this deb…

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We are nearing the one-year anniversary of an attempt to overthrow our government. The good news is that the short-term plot was foiled. The bad news is it’s still ongoing, but at a slower pace.

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It has been quite a year. We lived past the last president, a year of COVID-19 and everything in between. We have seen protests, government hearings, school shootings and crime topped off by some of the worst wildfires, floods and tornadoes. Race is a constant flashpoint and gender equality …

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In the not-too-distant past, during the incubation period of social media, “going viral” was the goal of many that aspired to attain the status of someone now known as an influencer.

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A wise man once said that an advocate is the spirit of truth, who the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. He also said, “the words I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the one who dwells within me does his works.”

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We would like to thank all of the generous donors and volunteers who together, helped provide almost 800 meals to residents of Shiawassee County on Thanksgiving day. We partnered with over 130 volunteers and businesses to deliver meals out of the Shiawassee Council on Aging.

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I want to pay tribute to an amazing public servant: my daughter, Erin. She is a registered dietician, residing in LaMarque, Texas, and works for the state overseeing the performance of senior citizen nursing homes and convalescent centers.

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The wrong defendants have been named in each of the $100 million lawsuits filed against the Oxford Community School District and individual school officials. The defendant who should stand trial in each and every mass shooting, including the Oxford High School shooting, is the National Rifle…

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Dec. 7, 1941, was the first day of many years of great sacrifice — and even greater commitment to country and community. Dec. 7, 2021, is the continuation of the infamy of the unvaccinated and the millions who have chosen to disregard their responsibility to all Americans.

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Last week a teacher at Oxford High School was alarmed to discover that 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was shopping for ammo on his phone. The school contacted his parents to warn them this could be problematic. They did not respond.

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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett deliberately ignored the well-established personhood of women and their constitutional right to self-determination in her line of questioning in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Justices Barrett, Kavanaugh and Thomas have been …

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Michigan and the nation are still in shock after the murders at Oxford High School. Another tragedy that will repeat itself again and again until there is comprehensive and sane gun regulation. This brings to mind another incident of gun violence by a teenager, and the two are related.

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A notice of intent to issue bonds in the amount of $50 million was published in The Argus-Press Wednesday by the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners. County residents must petition for a referendum to place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide whether we want to approve this deb…

We are nearing the one-year anniversary of an attempt to overthrow our government. The good news is that the short-term plot was foiled. The bad news is it’s still ongoing, but at a slower pace.

It has been quite a year. We lived past the last president, a year of COVID-19 and everything in between. We have seen protests, government hearings, school shootings and crime topped off by some of the worst wildfires, floods and tornadoes. Race is a constant flashpoint and gender equality …

In the not-too-distant past, during the incubation period of social media, “going viral” was the goal of many that aspired to attain the status of someone now known as an influencer.

A wise man once said that an advocate is the spirit of truth, who the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. He also said, “the words I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the one who dwells within me does his works.”

We would like to thank all of the generous donors and volunteers who together, helped provide almost 800 meals to residents of Shiawassee County on Thanksgiving day. We partnered with over 130 volunteers and businesses to deliver meals out of the Shiawassee Council on Aging.

I want to pay tribute to an amazing public servant: my daughter, Erin. She is a registered dietician, residing in LaMarque, Texas, and works for the state overseeing the performance of senior citizen nursing homes and convalescent centers.

The wrong defendants have been named in each of the $100 million lawsuits filed against the Oxford Community School District and individual school officials. The defendant who should stand trial in each and every mass shooting, including the Oxford High School shooting, is the National Rifle…

Dec. 7, 1941, was the first day of many years of great sacrifice — and even greater commitment to country and community. Dec. 7, 2021, is the continuation of the infamy of the unvaccinated and the millions who have chosen to disregard their responsibility to all Americans.

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Last week a teacher at Oxford High School was alarmed to discover that 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was shopping for ammo on his phone. The school contacted his parents to warn them this could be problematic. They did not respond.

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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett deliberately ignored the well-established personhood of women and their constitutional right to self-determination in her line of questioning in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Justices Barrett, Kavanaugh and Thomas have been …

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Michigan and the nation are still in shock after the murders at Oxford High School. Another tragedy that will repeat itself again and again until there is comprehensive and sane gun regulation. This brings to mind another incident of gun violence by a teenager, and the two are related.

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I should have written this letter at the very beginning of the pandemic. My great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Armstrong) Redding was born in 1862, during the Civil War, and died in 1950 at the age of 88.

As a veteran, I’ve seen firsthand what government waste and spending can look like, and have watched how throwing money at a problem does not make it go away. The Pentagon and other government agencies have long gotten away with an excessive amount of tax dollar spending and waste — that mus…

Years ago I had the honor of working with a female Air Force general whose sense of duty toward her staff is scarcely found in civilian employment. In addition to having fought battles abroad, she also fought workplace battles on behalf of her subordinates, as well as for women workers every…

I was shocked, but not surprised, at The Argus-Press coverage from Nov. 10: “Commissioner: FOIA info used to target her work with church.” The same story was covered a few days ago in the pages of the Independent.

Stick and stones, yadda yadda. The Fox (News) den, so adept at identifying issues that resonate with bigots and bullies, rules when it comes to attaching labels — liberals, leftists, socialists, snowflakes, operatives, elitists, etc.

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In the early 2000s I did a volunteer teaching gig in a fifth-grade class at Byron Elementary School. Like any seasoned southern farm boy, I have a trove of stories, folklore and music to share.

The front-page article headlined, “Lennon residents have little to say following murder arrest,” speaks volumes about the chief importance of social connections and alliances in this area. If you want to know why tribalism is such a force to be reckoned with, look no further than the deferen…

The most telling claim made by a Friday letter writer was near the middle: “You see, they (Donald Trump’s followers) are supporters of the idea of a non-politician, not beholden to anyone, fighting for the people and the Constitution.”

If you’re like me, by now you’re sick of watching people get stuck by needles whenever you log onto the news. And now we have to watch children grimace. But in recent weeks news has arrived that may move us closer to herd immunity. A new player is here. A medicine (not a vaccine), proffered …

Ever since he lost the election, former President Donald Trump has continued to espouse the Big Lie theory, even though every state certified the election results.

Elections officials across the country are receiving terrorist threats and harassment on an unprecedented scale. School board members, teachers and even everyday citizens, like a local librarian who is disabled, have been threatened with violence and death.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion departments have been created in government agencies, universities, businesses and other institutions for the stated purpose of being fair and impartial for all people. Humans have many admirable ideals that we strive for that can never be fully realized, but …

It has been my distinct privilege to have enjoyed a 30 year partnership in orthopedic surgery with Dr. Joseph Palazeti. This month, Palazeti marks 35 years here at Memorial Healthcare where he opened his practice on Nov. 3, 1986.

The mainstream media can’t seem to get enough of the tragedy surrounding Alec Baldwin’s accidental shooting of two people on his latest film set. He was told by the person responsible for firearms, that the pistol to be used in the next scene, was “cold” — code for it held only blanks.

There is much discussion and confusion concerning political terminology that can be greatly simplified. We hear people labeling each other with such terms as right wing, left-wing, liberal, conservative, progressive, socialist, capitalist, communist, Nazi, fascist, etc.

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The decennial redistricting process is nearing its completion date and the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission needs your input to ensure fair, nonpartisan legislative and congressional maps are drawn for the next 10 years.